Jerkbaits are my numbers bait. And they have been for over 25 yrs. And it does matter what time for year it is but, right now if it is clear where you fish. There isn't anything better in my book. Yes this means take the time to figure out the color, pattern, bait size and manufacture. But it is worth it. Most give up to soon.
Been exploring with braids for the last several years with 8lb floro leader and have lost a lot fewer fish. Take the time and figure out the best rod and line combos for each bait because it does matter wether you like to throw jerkbaits or catch fish with them. And the combo also means less wear and tear on the forearms.